Just one day after announcing that he’s tossing his big dumb cowboy hat into the 2016 ring, Ted Cruz made another announcement that wasn’t quite so expected. He’s signing up for Obamacare.
“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz told The Des Moines Register this Tuesday. Cruz’s wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz’s announced that she will step down from her job at Goldman Sachs to join the Cruz 2016 campaign full-time, which sparked the decision to sign up for the ACA.
Due to the amendment sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), members of Congress are required to use the federal exchanges for their health insurance.
“Well, it is written in the law that members will be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans so that’s — I think the same rules should apply to all of us,” Cruz added. “Members of Congress should not be exempt.”
But Cruz’s goal of having the law repealed still stands firm.
“I believe in 2017 a new president, a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of it,” Cruz said. “There are a fair number of Republicans in Washington and elsewhere who have quietly and privatively given up on that fight and I have not.”
Watch Cruz’s interview with CNN in the video below: